My Super Hero Wears a Cape!

by Leighann on July 27, 2011

I decided to take Q on a secret mission to an undisclosed location one Saturday afternoon.

She put on one of her many shirts with attached cape, a very regular occurrence by both kids in our household, and we headed out the door.

When we arrived at said secret location, Q was delighted that she was there for a “Superhero Science” program: Discover the secrets behind superhero special powers with experiments and other hands-on activities.

Right up her alley!

She approached the table that housed a large selection of superhero books. I turned to the librarian and inquired, “Where are the ones about girl super heroes?”

They were “all checked out.” Right.

So as Q is browsing through the books waiting for the program to begin, a dad yells at her in a pretend thick accent “No capes!”

When she doesn’t respond, he yells it a few more times. Finally she turns around and says, “What?”

He says, you know, in the Incredibles when Edna designs new suits she tells Mr. Incredible that he absolutely cannot have a cape.

And I wanted to turn to him and ask “What jerk adult yells at a child not to wear capes when she is wearing one and then tells her that it’s not acceptable?!”

But instead I kept my mouth shut and thought to myself, “Whatever, jerk.”

So they began the program and the librarian begins asking who the kids’ favorite super heroes are. The boys are yelling out the obvious ones. When Q is asked, she thinks for a minute and then responds “Super Q.”

You see, my kids love imaginative play and I encourage it. And while they sometimes pretend to be ready-made characters, they also have several characters that are alter egos of themselves. That, my friends, is called using your own imagination.

She continues with “I have diabetes, so sometimes I am also Diabetes Girl. I have a favorite tree at school and when I climb it I can recharge my powers.”


I don’t think twice about this, but then jerk dad turns to me and holding up first one finger then two to further illustrate his question asks me “Type 1 or type 2?”

Now normally I might use this as an opportunity to educate and inform, but it was not the place nor time. We are in the middle of a program and he needs to just sit there and be quiet instead of blurting out answers to the librarian every time the kids aren’t quick enough to answer for themselves.

I wanted to respond, (a) does it matter, and (b) shut up. But I said “type 1” and turned back to the program.

You’ve seen Q. Would any halfway intelligent person look at my fit, thin six-year-old and think type 2? Really?

(That’s not a criticism of people with type 2 diabetes, but healthy six-year-olds just don’t get type 2.)

But the biggest reason I was irritated (because I was already irritated by him) was that it wasn’t really his business. It wasn’t relevant to the situation and he only asked because he was clearly self-important and just wanted to open his mouth…again.

The “no capes” part is at the end of this clip:

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melanie July 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

Yea, for Super Q and too bad one of her superpowers isn’t a super-fabulous MUTE button to strike those annoying people!!


2 irene July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

Way to go “Super Q” thats a great hero to tell them about & Way to go mom on her super powers of composure unlike Mr. Mouth of Rudeness!


3 Tonya July 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

The fact that ‘Super Idiot’ competes WITH CHILDREN to answer the questions asked by the CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN tells us everything we need to know about him…. ARGHHH!
On another note, HOORAY FOR SUPER Q!!


4 Denise aka Mom of Bean July 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Love me some Super Q and Diabetes Girl!!
Boo, boo, boo to annoying PITA dad! Somebody should have zapped him!! 😉


5 Captain Glucose & Meter Boy July 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

There are a lot of really stupid people in this world when it comes to diabetes and for some reason they always seem to be the loudest. Your daughter is a real diabetes superhero. BTW, we asked our superhero friend D-Girl (Dee Dee) if she knew Super Q and she said, “Are you kidding, she’s my BFF!”

Here’s our D-Girl. And yes she wears a cape!!!


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